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NY B85683

June 18, 1997



TARIFF NO.: 4602.10.3500

Ms Susan D. Klingbeil
Customs Coordinator
IKEA Wholesale
Plymouth Commons
Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania 19462

RE: The tariff classification of a rattan banka carpet beater from China or Indonesia

Dear Ms. Klingbeil:

In your letter dated May 27, 1997, you requested a tariff classification ruling. A sample was furnished with your request.

Your letter describes the product as a rattan "Banka Carpet Beater", article #274 226 00. It is racket shaped and made up of numerous small interwoven pieces (rods) of rattan. The beater (including the handle), is approximately 25 inches in length. Your sample is being returned.

The applicable subheading for the Rattan "Banka Carpet Beater" will be 4602.10.3500, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for other articles of vegetable plaiting materials, of one or more of the materials bamboo, rattan, willow or wood: wickerwork. The rate of duty will be Free.

It is noted that the sample is not properly marked with the country of origin. Section 304 of the Tariff Act, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1304), requires that unless excepted, every article of foreign origin imported into the United States shall be marked in a conspicuous lace legibly, indelibly and permanently as the nature of the article (or container) will permit, in such a manner as to indicate to the ultimate purchaser in the United States the English name of the country of origin of the article.

This ruling is being issued under the provisions of Part 177 of the Customs Regulations (19 C.F.R. 177).

A copy of the ruling or the control number indicated above should be provided with the entry documents filed at the time this merchandise is imported.


Jon A. Batt
Port Director

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